History of the Kern Lipid Conference
The first Lipid Conference was organized by Fred Kern, Scott Grundy and Roger Davis in 1985. A generous founding endowment by the Colorado Trust helped form the Aspen Conference, Inc. as a non-profit corporation with a mission to organize and partially fund an annual conference. Additional funding has been obtained from the NIH, private research foundations and industrial corporations. Funding varies for each conference and is formally acknowledged in the annual program. The Aspen Conference was formulated with the following considerations:
In 1996, through a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors, the Aspen Lipid Conference was renamed to the Kern Aspen Lipid Conference in recognition of its leading proponent, the late Dr. Fred Kern, Jr. In 2011, the conference left Aspen and moved to Vail, CO, and the word “Aspen” was removed from the conference title.